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"Baba has said: 'Once you open your wings to fly, you must fly straight like the swan. Do not flit from tree to tree like the sparrow, or many things will distract you on the way, and the journey is long.'

 

We cannot benefit by following more than one Master, even Perfect Masters, as they themselves tell us. Gustadji (Baba's old and close disciple who has observed silence for many years according to Baba's wish), was formerly a disciple of Upasni Maharaj. When Baba gained consciousness of His Perfecthood (Avatarhood), Upasni told Gustadji, 'Leave me now and follow Merwan. Hold on to Him and never leave Him.' Gustadji did, and has not been to Upasni Maharaj since. . . .

 

“We cannot follow two living Masters at once. Those who follow Baba must follow only Baba. Naturally, we respect all others whom we recognize as His own reflection, but we should hold on to only one—and what better one than The One! Jesus said, 'Give up all and follow Me.' He did not say, 'Give up all and follow Peter for I am in him, too!'

 

“We have the Avatar to guide us along the high road to our destination; need we tread the many side roads that eventually must lead to the high road?

 

"The function of the Five Perfect Masters (present at all times) is different at the time of the Avatar. At such times, their role or function is to precipitate the coming of the Avatar, and they all leave their bodies before the Avatar manifests—reposing their "charges" in Him who works as the Redeemer of humanity on a wide scale. The Avatar then functions alone (with also the duty of the Five Perfect Masters incorporated in Him). Upasni Maharaj said to his disciples, before giving up the body, 'I have given over my charge to Merwan. He is the Ruler.'

 

"Babajan, to whom Baba's mother would protest for having 'taken away' her son from her, told the mother, He is not your son. He is for the whole universe. Be proud and happy, for He will twirl the world on His little finger like a ball.'

 

This merging of the Five Perfect Masters' duty in the Avatar is depicted in the enclosed print, distributed by the Navsari Group.

 

"S. —, who has a Sikh following of his own, came once to the darshan Baba gave to the masses in Delhi, and was very happy to see Baba, whom he recognized as Perfect. Baba also liked him very much and told us so on His return. . . .

Mani”

 

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